Child Behavior Problems

Child Behavior Problems on Long Island

Children misbehave. Child behavior problems can be serious. If you are a parent, you already know that. They nag us to buy them candy at the grocery store; they fight with their siblings; they don’t clean their rooms; they lie to us; they throw tantrums when we say “no”; and on and on. In other words, they often defy us and generally drive us crazy.

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Some children are also struggling with their behavior at school. They act out in class and there are too many calls home from their teachers. We worry that they are falling behind in their classes because of their disruptive behaviors. Long Island schools can be challenging and this can be supportive, but also difficult for some children.

Sometimes we wonder if there is something wrong with our children. Is this just part of their personality? Will they always be this defiant?

We love our children. We wish we knew how to help our children behave at home and at school. We want to have a better relationship with our children free of nagging, scolding, lecturing, reminding, and even yelling. But how? Kids don’t come with instructions.

If you are struggling with your children’s behavior problems, you are not alone. And not only are you not alone, there are things we can do to help.

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Our Treatment Approach – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in RVC

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to teaching children how to behave appropriately have been shown to be effective in improving children’s behavior. These techniques are also effective at strengthening parent-child relationships. CBT targets the negative behaviors that the child is displaying as well as the emotions and thoughts that are related to those behaviors.

In order to understand the child’s misbehaviors, a CBT therapist will assess what might lead up to the misbehavior and what happens after the misbehavior occurs. In this way, the therapist will learn what might be triggering the child’s misbehavior and if the consequences serve as a deterrent in the future. The therapist will also consider situational and relational factors that might be impacting the child. Finally, the CBT therapist, together with the parent or caregiver, plans how to improve the child’s behavior using positive communication skills, behavior plans, and, if necessary, consequences.

Child Behavior Problem Treatment with Dr. Jolie Silva’s Team

When you come to Dr. Jolie Silva’s Team in Rockville Centre, you will meet with a warm, skilled CBT Therapist. You can expect:

  • Personal attention
  • A full assessment to determine the specific misbehaviors, when they occur, and what may be causing them
  • To make a treatment plan together with the therapist
  • Communication – empathy, encouragement and I-statements
  • Encouraging and reinforcing positive behaviors
  • Applying consistent consequences when necessary
  • The therapist to teach the child and parent/caregiver about the “false alarms” that are impacting him/her
  • The therapist to teach the child how to manage his/her strong emotions
  • The therapist to compassionately guide the child through the exposure treatment
  • The therapist to help the parent/caregiver reinforce the exposure outside the therapy office (i.e., in the real world)
  • To review the gains the child has made during treatment and learn how to maintain them in the future

If you live on Long Island, please contact us at (646) 260-0703 to find out more and to make an initial appointment in our Rockville Centre office.